Alabama abortion clinics and patients face an uncertain future

Monday marks the start of the first full week since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. A federal judge in Montgomery also just removed an injunction from a 2019 Alabama law that makes abortion a crime. The West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa provided fifty percent of the procedures in the state. The clinic says around 100 patients have already been turned away. Robin Marty is the center’s director of operations. She says she expects Alabama lawmakers to revive a 2019 law that makes abortion a crime…

“It’s a state that doesn’t care about reproductive health care,” she says. “It’s a state that doesn’t care about health care in general. It was the state that, when it got money to help people recover from COVID, decided to build prisons with it.

The Alabama legislature approved the sale of bonds and the use of pandemic relief aid from the U.S. bailout to fund the prison construction project. Stephens Incorporated and The Frazer Lanier Company would handle the sale of seven hundred and twenty-five million dollars in bonds to fund new prisons in Alabama. The choice of these two companies follows an earlier construction deal with Raymond James and Well Fargo that collapsed in 2021. Bloomberg reports that tomorrow’s sale is seen as unusually large for the two southern banks chosen by the Alabama. Robin Marty of the West Alabama Women’s Center says using health care money this way is not a good sign.

“It’s not a state that’s willing to make sure people get care. And because of that, we don’t know how long we can stay open,” she said. “We are looking for grants. We will seek a partnership. »

Alabama Congressman Gary Palmer praises Roe’s end as a way to “save countless unborn Americans”. Stay tuned for the latest from NPR on the High Court’s decision to end Roe v Wade. Alabama Public Radio covered this issue extensively. You can find these stories on APR.org.

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